I’ve had 5 days off to celebrate Thanksgiving and be with my family. I’ve used most of that time to catch up on all the everyday chores that go undone since I’ve been back to work. It’s felt good to tackle the mountain of laundry, pair up the overflowing sock basket, clean out some closets and finally stop ignoring the boxes and boxes of paperwork that I was trying to, inconspicuously, hide in the corner of the dining room.
Of course there was time alloted for enjoying the time off too-Clay loaded up the kiddos and took them to Knotts Berry Farm on Wednesday, which left me alone-gloriously ALONE-in the house for an ENTIRE day! ~sigh~ I savored the sweet silence and work time.
And the kids were happy to be away from Chore Obsessed M.O.M. for a day.
Then there was Thanksgiving-I started the day off with a bike ride to the beach, around the bay and back home to iron clothes and get everyone out the door for our 2pm reservation at the Island Club aboard NASNI. It was a crisp and beautiful day along the beach! I had no concerns except getting everyone dressed! Perfect!
Me with some of the kiddos at dinner
Mariah and my brother at dinner
Gabi on the beach after dinner
A family gathering on the beach after dinner
The younger boys braving the cold water on Thanksgiving Day after dinner
That evening we came home and I headed to the computer to get some work done, while the boys built a fire pit in the back yard and sat around, wrapped in blankets and jackets, with guitars, cigars and song books.
A good Thanksgiving!
The kids put up with entertaining themselves around the house for all of Friday while I cleaned and tackled projects, so on Saturday I packed up the 5 youngest and we headed out to mini golf. Back in the summertime, when I was asked to come out and review the San Diego County Fair, I was given passes for Pelly’s Mini Golf and I finally decided to use them. It was a fun time with the little ones. I don’t think they really understood what they were supposed to do. There was a lot of pushing the ball instead of actually hitting it with the club. But they had fun and that’s all I was after!
M.O.M. and the 5 youngest kiddos after an afternoon of mini golf on a beautiful San Diego, November afternoon
So that brings us to today. After church we came home to leftovers for lunch and I rolled up my sleeves for a couple more projects. The kids are scattered throughout the house with 3 extra kiddos and my brother all in the mix. Some are playing with the huge bin of Bionicle and lego pieces, there are 2 movies going (one in the playroom and one in the living room), the trampoline is being used and everyone is fairly content. I LOVE a full house on a Sunday afternoon! It’s exactly the way I think the weekend should be finished and the new week should begin. I’ve got dinner cooking and everyone is invited!
If these last 5 days haven’t been full of exactly what Thanksgiving is all about, then I guess I’ve missed the point.
Doing the Dance of the Children on a Sunday Afternoon~